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No. 39, May 2012 - Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und ...

No. 39, May 2012 - Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und ...

"Scottish independence

"Scottish independence referendum: the nuts and bolts of the most important vote in 300 years", Scotsman 26 Jan. 2012 ( olts_of_the_most_important_vote_in_300_years_1_2077805): "THE clearest picture yet of Alex Salmond's route map to independence has emerged in the SNP's referendum document. It sets out the key milestones on the horizon over the next three years, as the countdown to Scotland's biggest decision in 300 years intensifies." "Salmond in 'fantasy land' over tax plans, says former adviser", Herald Scotland 29 Jan. 2012 ( "ALEX Salmond's vision of an independent Scotland attracting global investors with ultra-low corporation tax has been dismissed as 'a fantasy' by one of his former economic advisers. Professor John Kay, who served on the First Minister's Council of Economic Advisers during the last Parliament, said the idea was a 'nonstarter' because the rest of the EU would block it." "Independent Scotland to stick with Sterling", Scotsman 2 Febr. 2012 ( 90953): "JOHN Swinney claims today that an independent Scotland would keep the pound for the foreseeable future, pushing membership of the euro back until at least the middle of the next decade. In a marked hardening of the SNP's position on its choice of currency, the SNP finance secretary declares he 'cannot foresee the set of circumstances' that would lead a Scottish Government to call a referendum on joining the euro." "Top Tory tells England to lay off Scots." Herald Scotland, 22 Febr. 2012. The UK Education Secretary Michael Gove, a Scot himself, "warned of the 'threat' that English nationalism poses to the future of the United Kingdom." He "admitted part of his speech [given to journalists at Westminster on 21-2-12] was aimed at colleagues within his own party." ( "Scotland's Constitution - A means to an end", Scottish Government 5 March 2012 ( "Independence is only the vehicle to a more prosperous Scotland the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today. However, what will determine our success as a nation are our assets, talents, skills and the quality of our leadership. Giving a lecture at the University of Glasgow School of Law, Nicola Sturgeon focused on the reasons Scotland should become an independent nation and what could be achieved rather than on the mechanics of holding a referendum. Speaking at the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, the Deputy First Minister said: ..." "Referendum consultation in eBook format", Scottish Government 8 March 2012 ( "The Scottish Government will become the first administration in the UK to make an official publication available in digital download format for devices such as iPad and Kindle, after it was confirmed the Your Scotland, Your Referendum consultation will be issued as an eBook. In a move that will widen access to the consultation with the aim of allowing more people to become involved in the important debate on Scotland's future, ministers confirmed the eBook will be available to download from today for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, smartphones, Android tablets and other eBook devices."

"Scotland better off than UK with 'only' 10.7bn overdraft", Scotsman 8 March 2012 ( "SCOTLAND's finances are in a better shape than the UK as a whole, the annual publication of the country's bank balance has revealed, triggering fresh political sparring on the viability of Scotland as an independent nation. Healthy tax revenues from North Sea oil helped to limit Scotland's overdraft for 2010-11 to £10.7 billion, the statistics showed, when counting all government spending north of the Border. That sum – equivalent to 7.4 per cent of Scotland's Gross Domestic Product – is still way up on pre-recession levels, showing how tumbling tax revenues are continuing to plunge all nations deep into the red." "Scotland given new Green Bank 'to protect the Union'", Scotsman 9 March 2012 ( "THE DECISION to make Edinburgh the headquarters of the £3 billion UK Green Investment Bank was made in part to strengthen the case against Scotland breaking away from the UK, The Scotsman can reveal. Whitehall sources say concerns over the independence referendum played a major part in the announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable and led to a name change – adding the letters UK to emphasise Scotland's place in the Union." The highly relevant English question is addressed in an article unfortunately given a far too negative slant by the headline "Anti-Holyrood backlash spurs English power grab" in The Herald Scotland 23 Jan. 2012 ( on a new report saying that "DEVOLUTION has sparked a backlash over the 'privileges of Scotland' among the English, who are increasingly demanding more control of their own affairs". "Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Cardiff and Edinburgh universities warns the English have found a deeper sense of identity, helped by devolution for the Scots, and want an 'English dimension' to their politics, with distinct governance arrangements. The think tank's study, The Dog That Finally Barked, reveals the English increasingly believe they get a raw deal from the devolved settlement, with 45% of voters in England saying Scotland gets more than its fair share of public spending. The proportion agreeing with this has almost doubled since 2000." "While support for Scottish independence remains low, with only 22% saying Scots should go it alone, the English voters surveyed strongly support the view that the current devolved settlement should be reformed. At 80% they overwhelmingly support devolution-max, or full fiscal autonomy for Scotland." "The Future of England survey found voters in England are now more assertively English and put much greater emphasis on English rather than British identity. Twice as many people polled by YouGov prioritise their English over their British identity (40%) as those who prioritise their British over their English identity (16%). The study warns political parties have to address "the English Question" in its own right, regardless of any Scottish independence poll. The study says: 'While a majority retain a dual sense of English and British identity, there is evidence to suggest that we are witnessing the emergence in recent decades of a different kind of Anglo-British identity, in which the English component is increasingly considered the primary source of attachment for the English.' 'There is strong evidence that English identity is becoming politicised: that is, the more strongly English a person feels the more likely they are to believe that the current structure of the post-devolution UK is unfair and the more likely they are to support the development of an English dimension to the governance of England. It said that if Scotland voted for independence, a new constitutional settlement for England and the other UK nations would be Scottish Studies Newsletter 39, May 2012

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